The Benefits of Video Conferencing for a Remote Workforce
In the digital age it’s as easy as ever to create and build a (successful) company. But with streamlined access to the internet comes the heightened challenges of keeping up in an increasingly crowded marketplace saturated with content. That coupled with the ever-changing demands of a mobile workforce have forced companies to adapt to both how they operate and how they communicate. Thankfully, voice over internet protocol (VoIP) has made it seamless and cost effective to connect globally with employees, specifically through video conferencing.
Video conferencing once required more moving parts: external cameras, high-speed internet, wires to untangle. Now that everyone has a HD-quality recording device the size of their hand, team members can literally join a conference while walking down the street.
According to a Gallup poll, 43% of Americans are working remotely in some capacity. As a manager, CEO, or executive, it’s important to stay connected to your employees whether they’re at home, at a coffeeshop, or in Istanbul.
Video Conferencing Saves the Day By…
Reducing Travel (and Environmental) Costs
Whether it’s driving into the city to meet with clients or taking a week-long trip to the west coast office, video conferencing allows you to check in with the click of a button. No need for hotels or meals or expensive flights or all the wasted time spent traveling. That has quite an impact on the environment as well for those green-minded companies. Some employees may miss the perks but business owners and CFOs will certainly appreciate the economical approach.
Engaging and Empowering Employees
Of a poll of 1,000 workers, 82% felt working remotely lowered their stress levels and improved company morale. Furthermore, with stress-free employees logging onto meetings, video conferencing, as opposed to phone, engages participants making for more productivity. It’s also a great method to fuel collaboration and help keep employees feeling connected when they’re scattered across the country or the globe.
Freeing up Time
Large intra-office meetings can sometimes be clunky to organize with dozens of employees, so a benefit of video conferencing is the ability to have several meetings, even potentially across the globe, in a short amount of time throughout the day.
Facilitates Training and Education
With a remote workforce, it’s more difficult to conduct in-office training. Video conferencing and screen-sharing makes it easier to hold company-wide professional development webinars and gives employees access to great courses online.